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About Coquette Cafe

Nestled in the Landmark Building in The Historic Third Ward, Coquette Cafe serves up authentic bistro fare in warm, casual surroundings. Coquette is the kind of place where guests can pop in any time of day for everything from French Onion Soup and Flatbread Pizza to Crisp Provincal Roast Chicken. Whether it's cozying up to the bar for a glass of provincial French wine or exclusively brewed French ale, or having dinner or a small banquet in one of its three bustling dining areas, Chef Nick Burki and his wonderful staff are eager to accommodate one's every need. Although brand new in February of 1999, Coquette's informal decor blends well with its vintage surroundings. The dark wood, mirrored back bar and glowing gold walls invite you in to experience top quality and unassuming fare that you might find in the home kitchens of French grandmothers.

316 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Bistro, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday:11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cross Street:
Between St. Paul and Buffalo

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 291-2655

Website:
http://www.coquettecafe.com/

Catering:
We are available for all of your catering needs. Give us a call at 414-291-2655 to discuss your upcoming event. You may also email us at Coquette_Cafe@sbcglobal.net

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking behind building after 5 PM every night and all day on Saturday & Sunday

Public Transit:
There are bus and trolley stops within one block of the front door.

Executive Chef:
Nick Burki

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our Garden Room is perfect for Special Events up to 50 People. We are also able to rent out larger areas of the Dining Room for events. Please call us at 414-291-2655 or email us at Coquette_Cafe@sbcglobal.net

Private Dining

Coquette Cafe offers a private dining room that can accommodate up to 50 guests for your gathering at no charge. An additional room that seats up to 100. The restaurant is also available for buyouts for rehearsals or seated events. Let us design the perfect event for you and your guests

Coquette Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (38)
Quiet Conversation (36)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Cozy (32)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Romantic (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Authentic (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Comfort Food (16)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Casual (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Seasonal (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 days ago

Good service and cozy place but pumpkin ravioli was over cooked and trout had a sauce that WAY overpowered the mild trout.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a culinary delight, especially the escargot and the French onion soup. I personally would like a trout sauce that was a bit lighter in color and flavor, but at the same time, I always order it because I love a French prepared trout. The desserts are generous and fabulous. The atmosphere is perfect, and our favorite waitstaff is always there ready, to please and professional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice as usual

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Went for early dinner on Valentine's Day so it was still quiet when we got there but kept hearing the hostess say they had no seating until 8:30 with the restaurant closing at 9. Coquette is our favorite place to go for that "special dinner" and they did not disappoint. I had Pork Loin with asparagus & fingerling potatoes; it had a lemon garlic sauce that made the food sparkle and the presentation was perfect. My husband had boeuf bourguignon a la Julia Child; I'm sure Julia was pleased. He said the beef was extremely tender and the sauce was the perfect balance of ingredients. For dessert, we split what was listed as a flourless chocolate cake but this was not like any flourless cake I have ever had. It had the deep, dense dark chocolate but it was almost like an outer shell. Because inside was this smooth, velvety chocolate yumminess. It wasn't thin enough to be like a lava cake filling but definitely not the normal findings for flourless cake. It was absolutely amazing. Especially when topped off with good coffee and cognac or a good specialty coffee. Can't let this review go without commenting on the wait staff. It's easy to be attentive and charming when the evening is just starting. But as our server got more and more tables to work she never missed a bet and was always gracious. She also knew the difference between being attentive and hovering.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 5 days ago

Perfect Valentine’s Day

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service, food good, atmosphere very nice

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

A nice spot for a memorable Valentine's Day date. I was able to make a reservation fairly late in game (thankfully!) and the food was terrific, service was good (had to wait a long time for our check, the only negative). We had the fixed price menu, which was a nice bargain, and the food delicious. We will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We go there for Valentine’s Day every year. It is always a wonderful experience.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

This café is the real deal and has an excellent chef! Food is authentic and Bill at the bar is an awesome bar tender!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

We have been going to CC since it opened and have never had a bad meal or bad services.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding French food. Ambience was outstanding. Service was great

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a lovely Sunday lunch. Everyone enjoyed their food. I would especially recommend the French Toast, the brussels sprouts and the beet salad. I had ordered the smoked salmon eggs benedict but found it too salty - not unusual for smoked salmon - and there wasn't even a hint of trouble when I asked for something else. I would highly recommend this restaurant for the good food and the gracious service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had not been to CC in many years but always had fond memories of the atmosphere and the food. We were looking forward to celebrating my birthday but left very disappointed with our meal. Did not feel it was the same quality as we remembered. Caesar Salad included on online menu not available, sausage on flat bread pizza was way too spicy, dessert special not available (chocolate tart) and hanger steak with frittes had way too much sauce. Wait staff was friendly and atmosphere still nice.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Consistantly good French food and attentive service.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Our favorite French restaurant in Milwaukee. Our server handled our lunch perfectly, not intrusive and checked on us just as the right times.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Went for a business lunch - very attentive waiter - good food - nice ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great atmosphere on a quiet, snowy Sunday morning. Excellent, classical French fare in warm surroundings. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is a lovely restaurant with a European flair. The food is always delicious and our service was attentive and professional.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We been here several. The food is always awesome and the prices are very reasonable. Best French food in Milwaukee.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Coquette is one of our favorites and the service is always excellent. The food can vary depending on the day and unfortunately my flank stank was luke warm and my frittes were cold. I did send the fries back and our server promptly delivered hot fries but I really hate sending food back to the kitchen! Won't stop me from coming back for our favorites..the great bread and butter, onion soup, amazing salads and entrees.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 1, 2018

as always excellent food and service. I would like a bit more selection on the such as duck or game like venison. In Europe wild boar is one my most liked meals. Turbo fish likewise is hard to find. One of these times I have got to try the meatloaf however meatloaf in a good French cafe somehow gives me a mental block out. Meat loaf seems to common. But based on your reviews seems to be well received. How about frog legs, leg of lamb even rabbit. Thanks for a great night. Arno Jacobsen

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Always excellent service. Onion soup is superb.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was fine

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It had a nice Euro feel and that aligned with the dishes. We came here for brunch & the brunch selection was fair. Nothing spectacular, but a reasonable value.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Coffee and cranberry juice, 2 eggplant casseroles and a bit of key lime pie and you have the makings of a very nice pre-MSO dinner. Good service, too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was better than expected. The ambience was very nice and service was great (though I didn't get my wine until my dinner was done, but they recognized error and didn't charge me for it). Food was very good with decent French fare that's affordable. Like the casual atmosphere (not jeans/shorts casual, but just easy going). Had a great dinner

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Best creme brûlée in the city!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 18, 2018

A friend’s birthday lunch!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food food!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Consistently good. Good food, service, and clearly management.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Coquette Cafe is a solid place to go to for a good meal. Service is good as well. My only complaint was that it was quite cold where we were sitting. I could have sat with my coat on the entire time, and I would not have been too warm. As it was, it took me quite awhile to warm up AFTER we had left the restaurant. Admittedly, it was one of the those very cold days in Milwaukee, but, nonetheless, when I pointed it out to the hostess as we were being seated that there was cold there, and that I could feel a cool draft of air, she kind of just looked at me and smiled. I gathered that all the seats were that way.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Coquette Cafe is a favorite for satisfying the craving for a food and dining experience in the French style, from the mini-baguettes through the entrees to the always delectable desserts. Try the Salade Nicoise for lunch - always a favorite.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Wanted to like it food was just too salty. Wonderful Service and nice atmosphere.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The whole package. Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and really friendly service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

food is good
Nice atmosphere
Service was slower
the waitress apologized and said they had a big party

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 2, 2018

My husband and I made lunch reservations for a special treat on my birthday. I was looking forward to it - I heard service was impeccable and food was top notch. Well, food was indeed top notch. I had the roasted red pepper soup and apple salad, along with creme brulee for dessert. All fantastic.

The service, however, was atrocious. Our waiter took awhile to stop by initially. We ordered drinks, but were unsure of the food. When he came back and I said I wasn't sure what to order -- he abruptly turned and walked away (instead of offering suggestions).

He was not attentive after taking our initial order. Someone else brought out our food, and we hardly saw him between ordering and the dessert menu. Waters left unfilled, and then he took them away completely before we were done eating (between the main course and dessert).

I was so disappointed with the entire experience - even though the food was amazing, the service made me never want to go back.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very pleasant New Year’s Eve dinner.

Food was very good as was the service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service and nice waiter food was excellent a Lil cold but other wise tasted awesome nice low key spot I shall return 🙏🏾

Tags: Vegan
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 29, 2017

After the Museum we wanted a dinner downtown. Coquette Cafe fit the bill. The food was excellent. Good variety that allowed a son-in-law with Celiacs to have an enjoyable dinner. We will return.

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